MILWAUKEE (AP) – Brad Hennessey pitched seven scoreless innings and took care of the offense with a three-run home run, leading the San Francisco Giants over the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 Thursday night.

Milwaukee starter Victor Santos (3-11) took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before Hennessey hit a 2-0 pitch for his first home run in 30 career at-bats.

Hennessey (4-3), one of the team’s first round draft picks in 2001, rebounded from the worst outing of his short career, when he gave up eight runs in 4 1-3 innings in a 16-4 loss to Florida on Saturday.

The right-hander limited the Brewers to three hits and one walk while striking out seven in his 16th major-league start.

Milwaukee was shut out for the second consecutive day and seventh time this year. The Brewers have lost 10 consecutive home games to the Giants.

San Francisco finished with only four hits against three Brewers pitchers.

Scott Munter pitched a scoreless eighth, and Tyler Walker got the last three outs for his 17th save in 22 chances.

The Giants managed only a walk in the first four innings. With one out in the fifth, Deivi Cruz struck out on a wild pitch but reached second when the ball got past catcher Damian Miller and rolled to the wall. One out later, Mike Matheny was intentionally walked so Santos could face Hennessey.

The pitcher took two balls before hitting the third pitch over the left field wall as Santos crouched on the mound in disgust.

Santos pitched six innings, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two.

The Brewers came within a couple of feet of tying the score at 3 in the bottom of the fifth. With two on and two out, Brady Clark’s long fly landed just a couple of feet left of the foul pole in the stands in left field.

Clark then grounded out to end the inning, and the Brewers never got a runner past first after that.

Notes: Wisconsin athletic director and football coach Barry Alvarez threw out the ceremonial first pitch hours after announcing this would be his last season as the team’s football coach. He will remain as Wisconsin’s AD. … Brewers rookie 2B Rickie Weeks, in a 1-for-11 slump, was given the night off. … Giants SS Omar Vizquel passed Luke Appling for fifth on the all-time list for games by a shortstop at 2,219. Larry Bowa is fourth at 2,222 games.

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